Juventus are believed to have made Matija Nastasić their top defensive target in January with Andrea Barzagli’s return date still unknown.
The Bianconeri’s director general Giuseppe Marotta yesterday professed optimism about Barzagli’s return, but did admit that the Turin side are evaluating options in January.
This morning Turin-based newspaper La Stampa - owned by the Agnelli family which also controls Juventus - has identified a number of central defenders which it believes the Old Lady are tracking.
The Bianconeri’s number one target is reported to be Matija Nastasić of Manchester City. The 21-year-old former Fiorentina defender has not featured for the English champions this season and the newspaper believes the Serb could be available for around €5m.
Other options include Semih Kaya who is said to be unhappy at Galatasaray, Stefan Savic of Fiorentina and Tottenham’s Vlad Chiriches who has been heavily linked with a move to Turin in recent weeks.
The final option for the Serie A champions would be recalling Daniele Rugani from his loan spell at Empoli, but La Stampa believes this would be difficult as the agreement runs until June.